noun, plural patsies. Slang.
a person who is easily swindled, deceived, coerced, persuaded, etc.; sucker.
a person upon whom the blame for something falls; scapegoat; fall guy.
a person who is the object of a joke, ridicule, or the like.

1900–05, Americanism; origin uncertain Unabridged


a male given name, form of Patrick.
a female given name, form of Patricia. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
patsy (ˈpætsɪ)
n , pl -sies
1.  a person who is easily cheated, victimized, etc
2.  a scapegoat
[C20: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

"fall guy, victim of a deception," 1903, of unknown origin, possibly an alteration of It. pazzo "madman" (see patch (2)), or south It. dial. paccio "fool." Another theory traces it to Patsy Bolivar, character in an 1880s minstrel skit who was blamed whenever anything went wrong.
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Slang Dictionary

patsy definition

  1. n.
    a victim of a scam. (Underworld. See also dupe.) : That guy over there looks like a perfect patsy.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
The plotters try to eliminate their patsy on the spot.
It consists of trying to prove you are savvier than everybody else, that above all you are nobody's patsy.
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